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Autumn 2016 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
RADIO IS IN THE CARDS
MYSTERY IN THE AIR (9-11-47) “The Queen of Spades” starring Peter Lorre in a radio version of the story by Alexander Pushkin. A German soldier becomes convinced that an old woman has the secret to winning at cards. Henry (Harry) Morgan announces, with Lurene Tuttle, Peggy Webber, Jack Edwards, Ben Wright, Rolfe Sedan, Luis Van Rooten, Stan Waxman. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (2-23-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple and the Old-Timer, Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee has plans to play poker at the Elks’ Club but doesn’t want Molly to know. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
ESCAPE (4-7-50) “Ambassador of Poker” starring Elliott Reid as a gambler from Virginia who finds himself playing cards with a Chinese warlord. Cast includes William Conrad, John Dehner, Lucille Meredith, Benson Fong, Ben Wright. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-17-46) With Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Artie Auerbach as Mr. Kitzel, Mel Blanc, and guests Leo Durocher and Ronald and Benita Colman. Jack, Phil, Dennis and Mr. Kitzel play a game of bridge while Jack awaits a visit from Leo. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
FRONTIER GENTLEMAN (3-30-58) “Gentle Virtue” starring John Dehner as J. B. Kendall, reporter for the London Times. Kendall plays his first game of poker and wins a most unusual prize. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Vic Perrin, Jack Kruschen, Ben Wright, Charlie Lung. John Wald announces. AFRTS rebroadcast. (23 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (1-23-49) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown, Janet Waldo, Henry Blair, Tommy Bernard, Lurene Tuttle, Mary Jane Croft. Ozzie has a new book of card tricks and insists on demonstrating his skill to everyone. Verne Smith announces. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
NIGHTBEAT (6-15-51) “Otto, the Music Man” starring Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, night beat editor for the Chicago Star. A walk on North Clark Street leads to a chance encounter with an elusive clarinet player. Cast: Bill Johnstone, Georgia Ellis, Hy Averback, Herb Butterfield, Ed Max. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
DANNY KAYE SHOW (4-27-46) With Butterfly McQueen, Dave Terry and the Orchestra, announcer Dick Joy, John Brown, guests Georgia Gibbs and Billie Burke. Billie is planning a surprise birthday party for herself; Georgia sings “Shoo Shoo Baby.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
DESTINATION FREEDOM (9-5-48) “The Poet of Pine Mill” is the story of James Weldon Johnson, a teacher who led a movement to Washington to pass a law outlawing lynching. With Tony Parrish as Johnson, Maude McElroy, Oscar Brown Jr., Donald Gallagher, Ted Liss, Fred Pinkard, Les Spears, Louis Vernon, Duke Watson, Louise Pruitt. Hugh Downs announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
COTY HOUR (4-17-35) A program of music from Ray Noble and his Orchestra, with vocals by Al Bowlly and the Freshman Trio. Bowlly sings “Soon,” “Solitude” and “Down By The River.” Coty Cosmetics, NBC. (30 min)
Read the article about Al Bowlly in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BOLD VENTURE (1951) Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall star as Slate Shannon and Sailor Duval, with Jester Hairston as King Moses. Slate meets up with an old friend who tells him she is dying. Syndicated. (27 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be Those Were the Days founder and long-time host CHUCK SCHADEN, who will talk about his new Memory Lane podcast, available through his website, speakingofradio.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
BULLDOG DRUMMOND (1-17-47) “Case of the Atomic Murders” starring Ned Wever as Drummond, Luis Van Rooten as Denny. Drummond is mistakenly given $1000 and a claim check by a men who is suspected of stealing large amounts of radium. Cast includes Mercedes McCambridge. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
KATE SMITH SHOW (4-11-46) From New York, with Ted Collins and guests Dorothy Lamour and columnist Ed Sullivan, who presents Kate with an award from Modern Screen magazine. Kate sings “Slowly” and “These Foolish Things”; Dorothy sings “Personality.” AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
SMILE TIME (1940s) A program of comedy and music starring Steve Allen and Wendell Noble, with June Foray. Steve and Wendell need new tires for their car. Songs include “Somebody Loves Me” and “Dearest Darling.” Sustaining, MBS. (14 min) Read the article about Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
STEVE ALLEN SHOW (10-26-49) A program of music and conversation, broadcast from Studio B, Columbia Square in Hollywood, with guest Al Jolson. Steve plays “Blue Moon” at the piano; Jolson discusses his career and sings “California Here I Come,” “Sonny Boy” and others. KNX/Los Angeles. (26 min and 23 min)
THE WHISTLER (2-18-48) “Quiet Suicide” starring Gerald Mohr and Laurette Fillbrandt, with Bill Forman as the Whistler. A man with two wives has a plan to eliminate one of them. Cast includes Willis Bouchey. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)
FIRST NIGHTER (1-13-53) “A Shower for the Bridesmaid” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. A young woman comes to New York for her cousin’s wedding, but complications ensue when she gets stuck in the shower. Cast includes Rye Billsbury as Mr. First Nighter, Sarah Selby, Ben Wright, Parley Baer, Bob Jellison. Miller High Life, NBC. (25 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
HALLS OF IVY (1-23-52) Ronald and Benita Colman star as William Todhunter Hall and his wife Victoria, first family of Ivy College. The college plans to salute a Medal of Honor winner, but his daughter does not appreciate the meaning of the honor. With Gale Gordon as Mr. Merriweather. Voice of America rebroadcast. (27 min)
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (5-7-47) “The Case of One Slip Meant Death” starring Jay Jostyn, with Vicki Vola as Miss Miller and Len Doyle as Harrington. A trip to the circus leads to an investigation when a tiger act goes awry. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (28 min)
TEXACO TOWN (10-25-36) Eddie Cantor stars as The Mayor of Texaco Town, with Harry Einstein as Parkyakarkus, Deanna Durbin, Bobby Breen, Jacques Renard and the Orchestra, announcer Jimmy Wallington and guest Leslie Howard, who wants to break away from drama and perform more comedy. Texaco, CBS. (30 min) Read the article about Eddie Cantor in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
STRANGE DR. WEIRD (2-20-45) “The Knife of Death” with Maurice Tarplin as Dr. Weird. An Englishmen finds a strange knife following a German air raid. Adam Hats, MBS. (13 min)
VIC AND SADE (1942) Art Van Harvey is Vic, Bernardine Flynn as Sade, Bill Idelson as Rush and Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. Sade wants to go visit relatives in Carberry. NBC. (9 min)
GUNSMOKE (10-24-52) “Hinka Doo” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester and Georgia Ellis as Kitty. A wealthy citizen forces Matt to serve eviction papers to a family. Cast includes Harry Bartell, Lawrence Dobkin, Paula Winslowe, Richard Beals. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (10-9-49) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield. When Phil discovers a gray hair, Alice makes an appointment for him at the beauty shop. Alice sings “Look What’cha Done.” Rexall, NBC. (28 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE (12-12-48) “The Bouncing Betty Caper” starring Howard Duff as Spade, with Lurene Tuttle as Effie. Sam goes undercover as a chauffeur to learn who has been threatening a wealthy woman. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
EDDIE AND FANNIE CAVANAUGH (6-16-37) From the Crystal Studio in the Chicago Theatre, the Cavanaughs answer questions from listeners and interview actor Lester Tremayne about his career. Broadcast Corned Beef Hash, WBBM. (15 min) October 26, 2016 marks the 95th anniversary of the Chicago Theatre.
SPEAKING OF RADIO (8-15-15) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with musician Corky Hale, who talks about her career in radio and television. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, Illinois. (42 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
DENNIS DAY SHOW (March 1955) A comedy-variety show with Robert Armbruster and the Orchestra, announcer Jimmy Wallington and guests Ken Murray and Corky Hale. Corky plays “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” on the harp; Dennis sings “It’s Almost Like Being in Love” and “Ebb Tide.” AFRS rebroadcast. (26 min)
DIMENSION X (9-22-50) “Dr. Grimshaw’s Sanitarium” starring Karl Weber and Roger DeKoven. When a detective encounters a casket filled with sand, he begins an investigation that uncovers a sanitarium run by a former Nazi scientist. Norman Rose hosts. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (10-5-47) Broadcast from the Pasadena Playhouse, with Ray Noble and the Orchestra, singer Anita Ellis, Pat Patrick as Urcil Twing and guest Don Ameche, who appears as Charlie’s lawyer, the Great Gazolla. Chase and Sanborn, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
ANNUAL HALLOWE’EN SHOW
INNER SANCTUM (9-20-48) “Hangman’s Island” starring Mason Adams and Elspeth Eric. A treasure hunter travels to an island that contains a fortune in gold and a series of deadly traps. Cast includes Santos Ortega, Lawson Zerbe. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
THE SHADOW (1-15-39) “Ghosts Can Kill” starring Bill Johnstone as the Shadow (alias Lamont Cranston) and Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margot Lane. A convicted killer threatens to come back from the dead and kill again. The Shadow investigates. Ken Roberts announces. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
SLEEP NO MORE (1-23-57) Nelson Olmsted dramatizes two stories and reads all of the parts in this anthology series. In Christopher Isherwood’s “I Am Waiting,” a man discovers he has a strange power; in A.M. Burridge’s “Browdean Farm” two men move into an English house with a murderous past. Ben Grauer announces. AFRTS rebroadcast. (30 min) Read the article about Sleep No More in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LIFE WITH LUIGI (10-30-51) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Hans Conried as Schultz, announcer Charles Lyons. Hallowe’en is coming and Luigi is buying candy to give to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Wrigley’s Gum. CBS. (30 min)
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (8-23-59) John Dehner stars as Paladin, with Ben Wright as Hey Boy, Virginia Gregg as Miss Wong. Paladin is hired to track down the mysterious ghosts that have scared off the workers at a silver mine. Participating sponsors, CBS. (24 min)
WEIRD CIRCLE (2-20-44) “Frankenstein” is a radio adaptation of the classic story by Mary Shelley, about a scientist working on an experiment designed to create new life. Syndicated. (26 min) This year marks the 85th anniversary of the release of the classic movie version of this story.
Today’s show will be heard on our ghost-to-ghost network and over the internet in screaming audio. Don’t miss it!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, NBC!
RECOLLECTIONS AT 30 (6-11-56) The first program of the series featuring sounds from the first three decades of NBC radio, including Graham MacNamee reporting on Charles Lindbergh’s arrival in New York; The Cliquot Club Eskimos; Joseph White, the Silver Masked Tenor; George Olsen’s Orchestra with singer Billy Murray. Ed Herlihy hosts. Sustaining, NBC. (22 min)
NBC PARADE OF STARS (10-14-46) An all-star program, presenting highlights from NBC’s schedule for the 1946-47 season, featuring Paul LaValle and the City Service Orchestra, Phil Harris and Alice Faye, H.V. Kaltenborn, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round, Curtain Time, Carmen Cavallaro, Art Linkletter, Dennis Day, Mr. District Attorney, The American Album of Familiar Music, Bill Stern, Bob Burns, One Man’s Family, Perry Como, Can You Top This?, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Bob Hope, Truth or Consequences, Alan Young, Waltz Time, Lowell Thomas, Red Skelton, Duffy’s Tavern, Grand Ole Opry, Molle Mystery Theatre, Rudy Vallee, Judy Canova, Frank Black and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. (17 min & 21 min & 28 min & 15 min & 22 min & 24 min & 24 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
SPOTLIGHT ON KIRK DOUGLAS
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (3-17-50) “Champion” starring Kirk Douglas in a radio version of his 1949 film, as a boxer who punches his way to the top. Cast includes Frank Lovejoy, Rita Lynn, Jack Edwards. RCA Victor, NBC. (29 min)
SUPPER CLUB (3-2-50) Perry Como stars, with the Fontaine Sisters, Mitchell Ayers and the Orchestra, announcer Martin Block and guest Kirk Douglas, who sings “Red Hot Henry Brown” and joins Perry for a comedic “sequel” to his film Champion. Chesterfield Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-26-54) “Detective Story” starring Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker in a radio version of their 1951 film, about a New York detective whose obsession with his job begins to take a toll on his marriage. Cast includes Jack Kruschen, William Conrad, Edgar Barrier, Herb Vigran, Herb Butterfield, Lawrence Dobkin. Irving Cummings hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (15 min & 14 min & 17 min)
SUSPENSE (2-9-50) “The Butcher’s Wife” starring Kirk Douglas as a supermarket clerk who has a brief and dangerous affair with a co-worker. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, Sidney Miller. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about the career of Kirk Douglas, who was born on December 9, 1916. Read the article about Kirk Douglas in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW
CLAUDIA (11-23-48) Katherine Bard is Claudia, with Paul Crabtree as David, Cameron Andrews as Jared Tucker. Claudia and David issue an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner... and receive an invitation of their own. Joe King announces. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (14 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (11-27-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Dick Crenna as Walter Denton, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin. Miss Brooks’ efforts to secure an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner backfire when she finds herself hosting her friends and colleagues. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
GOOD NEWS OF 1939 (11-23-39) Edward Arnold hosts this Thanksgiving Day broadcast, with Fanny Brice and Hanley Stafford (as Baby Snooks and Daddy), singer Connee Boswell, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra and guests Walter Huston and Raymond Walburn. The cast performs a Thanksgiving sketch, “Here Come the Pilgrims”; Connee sings “Scatterbrain.” Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (26 min and 29 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-24-49) “The Courtship of Miles Standish” starring David Niven, with Ted Osborne as John Alden and Frances Robinson as Priscilla. A radio adaptation of the story by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, set in the early days of the Plymouth colony. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
JIMMY DURANTE-GARRY MOORE SHOW (11-22-46) It’s “The Nose and The Haircut,” with Suzanne Ellers, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, announcer Howard Petrie. Jimmy and Garry play Miles Standish and John Alden in a Thanksgiving opera. Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
CLAUDIA (11-25-48) It’s Thanksgiving Day and the entire house is bustling. With Kathryn Bard, Paul Crabtree, Cameron Andrews. Joe King announces. Coca-Cola, Syndicated. (14 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26
RADIO TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY
BLONDIE (12-15-48) Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake star as Blondie and Dagwood, with Frank Nelson as Herb Woodley, Hanley Stafford as Mr. Dithers. Dagwood tries to find out what the children want for Christmas. Super Suds, NBC. (25 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (12-23-49) “The Sergeant’s Present” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston. The owner of the Nicholas Mining Company is unforgiving when he learns his chief clerk has taken money from the company to buy medicine for his young daughter. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC. (29 min)
PAUL WHITEMAN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY (12-24-46) An all-star variety celebration starring the “King of Jazz” and guest appearances by Walter Winchell, Patrice Munsel, J. Scott Smart as The Fat Man, Joan Lazer, Eugenie Baird, Henry Morgan and Arnold Stang, Basil Rathbone and Geraldine Fitzgerald, Kenny Baker, Tom Breneman, Don McNeill, Lum and Abner and Bing Crosby, who sings “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” ABC. (29 min & 27 min & 31 min)
SUSPENSE (12-13-55) “A Present For Benny,” starring Jack Kruschen in “a story of Christmas shopping and a present that went astray.” A gangster’s girlfriend wants a fur coat for Christmas. With Eve McVeagh, Stacy Harris, Junius Matthews, Benny Rubin, Joseph Kearns. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR, DAY OF INFAMY
Read the two articles about Pearl Harbor and radio in the Autumn 2016 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
H.V. KALTENBORN (12-7-41) The esteemed commentator reports on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. “Japan has made war upon the United States without declaring it... This attack occurred at the very moment when Ambassador Nomura and Special Envoy Saburo Kuruso were at the State Department discussing the possibility of peace between Japan and the United States.” NBC. (13 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (12-7-41) “Between Americans” starring Orson Welles in Norman Corwin’s “dramatic picture of this, our America.” Host Roger Pryor refers to the timeliness of the play in the wake of the news of the day. Guilf Oil, CBS. (28 min)
DECLARATION OF WAR (12-8-41) Walter Compton and Fulton Lewis Jr. cover this Joint Session of Congress as President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivers his famous “Day of Infamy” speech and asks for a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. Following the president’s speech, the networks were instructed to turn off their microphones, as the debate to follow was not to be broadcast; however, Mutual continues to broadcast from the floor of the House, with Lewis insisting they will continue to do so until they are told “officially” to stop. MBS. (36 min and 31 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-9-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Bill Thompson as Wallace Wimple, Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia, Isabel Randolph as Mrs. Uppington, announcer Harlow Wilcox, Martha Tilton, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee receives a card offering him a wholesale discount at the department store. The program begins with the latest war news. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-9-41) The president presents his first “Fireside Chat” since America’s entry into World War II, describing the events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor and warning the public to beware of rumors. ALL NETWORKS. (24 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
RADIO TO ADDRESS CARDS BY
CHRISTMAS SEALS CAMPAIGN (1955) Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy star with Ray Noble and the Orchestra and Edgar’s nine-year-old daughter Candice Bergen, who joins Charlie to recite “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Christmas Seals, Syndicated. (15 min)
RADIO CITY PLAYHOUSE (12-25-49) “Twas the Night Before Christmas” is the story of two reporters who receive an unusual Christmas Eve assignment from the owner of their newspaper. Cast: Lyle Sudrow, Bernard Grant, Ross Martin, Luis Van Rooten, Frank Milano, Connie Lembcke. Sustaining, NBC. (27 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-14-41) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, announcer Don Wilson, Frank Nelson, Elliott Lewis. Jack, Mary and Rochester go Christmas shopping. The show opens with the latest war news. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS (12-15-41) An all-star celebration in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, written and directed by Norman Corwin, with Cpl. James Stewart, Lionel Barrymore, Edward Arnold, Walter Huston, Marjorie Main, Walter Brennan, Edward G. Robinson, Bob Burns, Orson Welles, Rudy Vallee, and speaking from Washington, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Leopold Stokowski conducts the NBC Symphony Orchestra performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” ALL NETWORKS. (31 min and 29 min)
DORIS DAY SHOW (12-23-53) Transcribed from Hollywood, with announcer Don Wilson and guest Jack Kirkwood. Doris sings “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silent Night” and “The Second Star to the Right”; Don complains that someone has stolen his Santa Claus suit. Syndicated. (26 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (12-19-46) “Christmas Shopping” stars Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Lesley Woods as Ann Williams, and John Gibson as Ethelbert. While Christmas shopping in a department store, Casey witnesses a pickpocket in action. Tony Marvin announces. Anchor-Hocking Glass, CBS. (30 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-21-41) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Arthur Q. Bryan as Mr. Llewellyn. Gildy receives a package from his old friend Fibber McGee, marked “Do Not Open Until Christmas.” Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (12-19-53) “A Christmas Carol” starring Edmund Gwenn in a dual role, as author Charles Dickens and as the main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge. It’s the classic story about a miser who learns the meaning of Christmas. Cast includes Gege Pearson, Parley Baer, Bill Johnstone, Vic Perrin, Eric Snowden. Art Ballinger announces. Carnation Evaporated Milk, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-23-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Martha Tilton, The King’s Men, Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph, Mel Blanc, announcer Harlow Wilcox. The McGees receive a gift of door chimes but don’t know who sent them! Harold Peary appears as Throckmorton P. GIldersleeve. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
TERRY AND THE PIRATES (12-25-41) An isolated episode from the series. Dr. Moi-Ben has been found and Terry, Pat and Connie are anticipating a quiet Christmas Day. Libby’s Pineapple Juice, Syndicated. (14 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (12-23-54) Broadcasting from Long Beach Veterans Hospital, with Bill Goodwin, Margaret Whiting, Les Brown and His Band of Renown. Bob talks about Christmas preparations and goes shopping. Bob and Margaret sing “Silver Bells.” With Frank Nelson, Sheldon Leonard, Joseph Kearns, Jim Backus. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24
GRAND CENTRAL STATION (12-24-49) “Miracle for Christmas” is the show’s classic Christmas story, about a cynical ambulance driver and the doctor who accompanies him on his Christmas Eve rounds. With Norman Rose, Mason Adams. Pillsbury, CBS. (27 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (12-24-46) With Gege Pearson, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Wonderful Smith, singer Anita Ellis, David Forrester and the Orchestra, announcer Rod O’Connor. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire focuses on Christmas as Junior the Mean Little Kid meets Santa Claus! Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY (12-24-41) From the lawn of the White House, President Roosevelt and his guest, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, perform the ceremonial lighting of the White House Christmas tree. MBS. (30 min)
FATHER KNOWS BEST (12-24-53) Robert Young stars as Jim Anderson, with Jean Vander Pyl as wife Margaret, Rhoda Williams as Betty, Ted Donaldson as Bud, Helen Strome as Kathy, with Jeanette Nolan, Herb Butterfield. On Christmas Eve, Jim is concerned that his family is not getting into the true spirit of the season. Bill Forman announces. Post Cereals, Sanka, NBC. (30 min)
CHRISTMAS SING WITH BING (12-24-57) Bing Crosby’s third annual Christmas Eve program, with announcer Ken Carpenter, Paul Weston and the Orchestra, the Norman Luboff Choir and son Gary Crosby, who reports from Austria. Bing sings “Joy to the World,” “The First Noel,” “White Christmas” and others. Insurance Companies of North America, CBS. (32 min and 28 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
SHERLOCK HOLMES (12-28-47) “New Year’s Eve Off the Scilly Isles” starring John Stanley as Holmes and Alfred Shirley as Dr. Watson. Holmes and Watson are invited to spend New Year’s Eve on an ocean liner, in hopes of thwarting a catastrophe. Cy Harrice announces. Clipper Craft Clothers, MBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-28-41) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson. Jack and the gang present their annual New Year’s play, “The New Tenant” with Phil Harris as Uncle Sam and Don Wilson as Texas! Jell-O, NBC. (23 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (12-28-41) “The Last of 1941” is Book 40, Chapter 13 in this long-running family drama, with J. Anthony Smythe as Henry Barbour, Minetta Ellen as wife Fanny, Michael Rafetto as Paul, Barton Yarborough as Cliff, Bernice Berwin as Hazel. At the end of a year that sees America at war, the family reflects on their fears and concerns for the future. Tender Leaf Tea, NBC. (30 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-29-41) “The Bride Came C.O.D” starring Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr in a radio version of the 1941 movie about a financially strapped charter pilot who is hired to stop an oil tycoon’s niece from eloping with a bandleader. Host is Cecil B. DeMille. Announcer is Melville Ruick. Lux Soap, CBS. (23 min & 17 min & 19 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-30-41) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Gale Gordon, Isabel Randolph, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. McGee is working on a project to surprise Molly when Mrs. Uppington invites the McGees to a New Year’s Eve party. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
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